Shawn Farquhar is a two-time winner at FISM, the international magic world championship competition. His fast-paced act encompasses hard core amazement, upbeat comedy, and fun audience participation. His performance also reveals a lifelong emotional connection to magic and he has been described as having “connected the skills of his talent with the passion in his heart.” Audiences may recognize Shawn from his recent appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us in which he fooled Penn & Teller (twice!). He also stunned Ellen DeGeneres in a recent performance on the Ellen show. He regularly performs at premiere venues across the globe, but rarely performs in New York, so the Salute provides an unusual opportunity to see this renowned magician on stage.
The lovable character of Lucy Darling was created by magician Carisa Hendrix, a 5-time award-winning entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and the 2016 Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire; which tells the harrowing story of Hendrix’s journey to star in her own magic show on the Las Vegas strip. Hendrix has been thrilling audiences internationally for the past 15 years with her signature blend of classy, sassy comedy entertainment. She appears regularly at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, has been a hit at magic conferences across the United States, and is the co-host, with Kayla Drescher of the popular podcast, Shezam.
Bobby Torkova's charming, whimsical and lively renditions of classic magic are filled with humor, heart, and true amazement. Torkova is a two-time first-place winner of the Society of American Magicians' National Competition and won the prestigious Hofzinser Award for Classical Magic given by the Vienna Magic Theater in Austria. He has performed for numerous A-list celebrities, collaborated with the noted Ying Quartet for a performance at Symphony Space, and has been featured in the best-selling book Magic for Dummies (a highly regarded magic text despite its name!). Torkova recently debuted his one-man show A Hanky and a Top Hat which tells of his determined journey to become a professional magician.Bobby Torkova's charming, whimsical and lively renditions of classic magic are filled with humor, heart, and true amazement.
The Salute to Magic, originally known as the annual Magic Vaudeville, was created in 1909 in order to raise money for a permanent building for the Society of American Magicians. While the building never came to pass, the event has continued to function as a fundraiser for the Society.
Parent Assembly, #1 of the Society of American Magicians was founded in New York in 1902. It formed the basis for a separate national organization that now includes hundreds of other Assemblies. Parent Assembly promotes the art of magic through free shows for the public, lectures and workshops for its members, and many other activities. More information is available at: magicsampa1.com.